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By Kimberly Mitchell | Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
Experts predict that the number of primary total knee replacements will increase 673 percent by 2030. How can health systems improve outcomes for patients receiving joint replacements while also controlling costs? One way is to discharge patients home instead of to a skilled nursing facility after surgery. In this post, Dawn Scott, Clinical Services Director at Franciscan St. Francis (a participant in IHI's Joint Replacement Learning Community) offers tips for increasing the likelihood of a home ... read full post


Tag(s): Quality Improvement, Quality, Cost, and Value, Person- and Family-Centered Care, Cost Containment and Reduction, Communication, Discharge Planning
By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Oct 16, 2015
According to IHI faculty member and Senior Improvement Advisor Tricia Bolender, it’s not a lack of clinical knowledge that prevents closing the global mental health treatment gap. Instead, she argues, “it’s a deficit in the use of effective implementation methods.”A Billion Minds and Lives is a global mental health initiative that strives to close the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of the initiative is simple, but ambitious to close the treatment gap and ... read full post


Tag(s): Behavioral Health, Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), Triple Aim for Populations, Improvement Methods and Tools, Quality Improvement
By IHI Multimedia Team | Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
To better meet the needs of Medicaid patients with complex needs, some clinicians are testing a new integrated primary care delivery model.


Tag(s): Triple Aim for Populations, Medical Home, Primary Care, Cost Containment and Reduction, Collaboratives, Population Health, Behavioral Health, Complex Needs
By Barbara Klick | Wednesday, Oct 07, 2015
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world of population management and accountable care. The transition from volume to value-based reimbursement is challenging and risky. One thing that is clear despite the ambiguity of the current health care environment: you have to engage your clinicians and leaders.


Tag(s): Accountable Care Organization, Population Health, Engage Physicians in Improvement, Leadership, Triple Aim for Populations
By IHI Multimedia Team | Thursday, Oct 01, 2015
As health care systems try to adapt their processes to deliver the same level of excellent care to every patient, every time, they need tools like process mapping to objectively analyze their current practices.


Tag(s): Improvement Capability, Improvement Methods and Tools, process mapping, Quality, Cost, and Value, Reliable Processes
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